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Food coloring spreads in water but not oil because the molecules that make up the coloring are soluble (able to be dissolved) in water. Water molecules are polar, which means they have an unequal distribution of charge on them. They are like little magnets, with a positive side and a negative side. Other particles with charge will be attracted to these little magnets, resulting in the material dissolving in water. The food coloring dissolves in water because its particles spread out amidst the water molecules due to this attraction.



Oil is a non-polar substance, which means that its particles have no charge. Other non-polar materials will dissolve in oil, but a polar substance will not. Hence the separation of oil and water when they are mixed together. Oil is also thicker then water
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